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Ramping Up to Rotterdam: November Update

Did you tune in to Holland America Line Brand Ambassador Seth Wayne’s “Ramping Up to Rotterdam” update this week on our Facebook page? Once again he spoke with Stan Kuppens, new builds projects, hotel, who offered insight into where the ship is at in the building process. It’s been a busy month at the yard, preparing for the December holidays when things will slow down a bit in Italy. However, that won’t stop the progress and the ship is still on schedule for a July 2021 delivery.

As you can see from the main photo above, the magrodome has been placed above the Lido Pool.

There are elevators welded on the side of the ship because there is no power onboard and the interior elevators aren’t operational. These exterior elevators make it possible to move containers on board, and they will be removed before the ship is delivered.


The green unit you see in the below photo is a ventilation unit that pumps clean air into the ship and sucks out air that needs to be extracted. All of the welding creates dust that needs to be removed for the safety of the workers.


Rotterdam will have new Atrium Art that differs from its Pinnacle Class sisters. Currently the ship is preparing for the installation of the piece, which will happen in early 2021. The ceiling and floor have to be ready at the connection points.


In the photo above we are standing in the elevator lobby on Deck 2, facing aft. If you look beyond the Atrium you will see the staircase (in white). To the right is where Pinnacle Grill will be. Forward, where the aluminum is, will be Rudi’s Sel de Mer, and to the left of the Atrium will be Ocean Bar.

Here are a few more photos of some familiar areas.

This is the staircase in the Lower Dining Room:

Club Orange restaurant:

The future Queens Lounge and Lincoln Center Stage, lower level:

The future Queens Lounge and Lincoln Center Stage, upper level:

World Stage (the main show lounge):

The Greenhouse Spa’s hydrotherapy pool:

The yard will continue with the ship despite the upcoming December holidays, and then the building will really start to move along at a rapid pace after Three Kings’ Day (Jan. 6). Several team members who will call Rotterdam home have already started working remotely and they will move to the yard Jan. 12 to oversee the rest of the building process in person.

Come back in January for the next “Ramping Up to Rotterdam” update.

  • Harold Wallick

    I guess I just enjoyed the splendor and never realized the amount of work that goes into Pinnacle Class ships. To all of those involved, keep up the excellent work. I am really looking forward to sailing onboard the Rotterdam in February 2022.

  • Richard L Lamoureux

    Wish We could win a free trip on the inaugural voyage.

  • Joan Garniy

    So very glad you are including Lincoln Center program. It was the highlight many on our last Canadian cruise.

  • Linda Pistilli

    You will never get me on a ship that size!

  • Linda Pistilli

    You will never get me on a ship that size!!

  • Cheryl Fox

    We can’t wait to board the Rotterdam the end of August for 66 days.

  • David Lawrence Merhib

    Cant wait to sail again love Holland America

  • sandra hutchins

    Thanks for the update. It gives me hope that we can all cruise again.

  • Bakrie patola


  • Sophie yeo

    Very cool photos. Mom likes the video of seth talking about rotterdam. She thinks it is funny. Lol hehehe I am looking forward my next cruise, and I do not know which ship. I mostly will go to the san Diego CA round trip like last time in 2018 eurodam.

  • Ellen Huxley-Laffer

    Can’t wait. She looks lovely.

    Hope they get the vaccine out and it works.

    We are already booked on one of your ships for end April. But I fear you will be canceling that one.

    Good luck.

  • Ruth Elaine Kirkham

    We are so excited, we are going on her maiden voyage Aug 1st from Trieste.

  • i wayan sudarma

    i want to be a part of ramping up team to Rotterdam

  • Mary Ellen Deising

    Keep all the workers safe

  • Janice Wege

    I’m so anxious to sail on this wonderful ship in October. Oh happy day!!!

  • Wolfgang R. Müller

    Freue mich auf eine Reise. Ich war 2018 auch schon auf der Jungfernfahrt der NIEUW STATENDAM nach Ft. LAUDERDALE an Bord dabei. Eine meiner schönsten Seereisen!
    Dank an Kapt Sybe de Boer.

  • James Wilber

    We are so excited and looking forward to our August 1st cruise.

  • larry C dotson

    Booked the Rotterdam to the Baltic for next Sept. and the transatlantic back to Ft. Lauderdale. Now, we are waiting for the ten day void between cruises after moving forward the transatlantic to render the CDC mute for voyages over 7 days entering US ports. We are checking daily for the Rotterdam cruise to appear for those ten days.
    Can’t wait to get onboard!

  • Wayne G Gherke

    We are cruising on the Rotterdam in November

  • Mickey La Garde

    Hope the fanfare of an inaugural cruise on Rotterdam will make up for our four 2021 HAL cruise cancellations. We are ready to break out of self-quarantine and start traveling again. We miss our HAL family.

    Have the officers been chosen for this new ship yet?

    I nominate Melania Trump as Godmother for this ship. A beautiful ship deserves a smart and beautiful woman as Godmother and Melania has a lot of class too. There are no politics in making this nomination. We simply honor successful women like entertainer Oprah or former 1st Lady Melania and affiliate their personage to the ship as Godmother. Melania also has both European and American ties which makes her especially attractive for selection.


    top ik staat al aan de kade ( katendrecht)

  • Kees van der Kooy

    Denk dat de Peetmoeder van dit schip ook onze algehele koopvaardij Peetmoeder van Nederland, Prinses Margriet moet zijn. Hoop dat de doop door een jong koninklijk lid gedaan wordt.

    Kijken uit naar de cruise op de Rotterdam VII op 20 oktober.

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